Feb. 12, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head soccercoach, Anne Moore, announced today the singing of four high schoolstudents to national letters of intent to attend UW in the fall of2004. Jessica Brown of Littleton, Colo., Tiffany Holly of Cheyenne,Wyo., Ashley Sheppard of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Andrea Soltau ofLittleton, Colo. will all join the Cowgirls this fall. The Cowgirlswill also welcome Christina Best, a transfer from LSU, who iscurrently enrolled at UW this semester.
Christina Best, 5-7, defense, Littleton, Colo. (Arapahoe High School)
Best transfers to Wyoming from Louisiana State University afterplaying just one season with the Tigers. Last season, she played inall 20 of LSU's games, starting 14. She scored three goals andnotched one assist. She was also named to the Tiger ClassicAll-Tournament Team this season.
At Arapahoe High School, she earned three varsity letters whileleading her team to the 2000 and 2001 state championships. A SecondTeam All-State selection her senior season, she was also an honor rollstudent.
Best enrolled at UW this spring and is currently participating inspring drills with the Cowgirls.
"We are really excited to get a player of Christina's caliber,"said UW head coach Anne Moore. "She is a great competitor and hasthe will and strength to win balls all over the field. She will havea big impact on our team this spring as well as next fall. Werecruited her to come here last year but it didn't happen. We arevery excited that she decided to transfer."
Jessica Brown, 5-6, defense and midfield, Littleton, Colo. (HeritageHigh School)
Brown joins her high school teammate Andrea Soltau to play for theCowgirls this fall. She was a three-time letterwinner at HeritageHigh School while leading her team to the state championship game in2003. She was First Team All-Conference selection as well as anhonorable mention All-State selection in 2003. Along with Soltau, sheis a team captain this season.
She is also a member of the Heritage High School honor roll.
"Jessica is a versatile player who has the speed and skills toattack from the back or midfield and put her opponent underpressure," said Moore. "She is a tenacious defender who willbring strength to our defense. She will make an immediate impact as afreshman."
Tiffany Holly, 5-2, forward, Cheyenne, Wyo. (Central High School)
Holly was a three time letterwinner in soccer and a four timeletterwinner in track at Central High School. She helped lead herteam to the 2003 South Conference Championship and a third placefinish at state. She was an All-State, All-Conference and All-Regionselection her senior year. She was named to the Wyoming select teamin 2002 and 2003. Her high school track and field team won the statechampionship all four years of her high school career. She is amember of the National Honor Roll, Student Senate and Who's WhoAmong American High School Students.
"Tiffany is one of the top goal scorers in the state of Wyoming andhas the strength to get in behind the defense and punish teams,"said Moore. "She works hard both on and off of the ball which helpsher to create more opportunities. She will be a great addition to ourforward line."
Ashley Sheppard, 5-10, goalkeeper, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (HighlandsRanch High School)
Sheppard comes to Wyoming as a four-time letterwinner in soccer aswell as a four-time academic letterwinner at Highlands Ranch HighSchool. She was a three-time captain as well as an All-Sate honorablemention selection her junior year.
She is a National Honor Society Member, a four time honor roll memberand a member of the Spanish National Honor Society.
"Ashley is technically a very sound goalkeeper," said Moore."She reads the game very well and has a good understanding of thegame which will enable her to lead the team from the back. She willprovide us with some good size in the goal."
Andrea Soltau, 5-8, midfield, Littleton, Colo. (Heritage High School)
Soltau joins her high school teammate Jessica Brown to play for theCowgirls this fall. She was an All-State selection in 2003 as well asa second team All-League selection for the Continental Conference.This season she was selected as a captain, along with Brown.
She is also a member of the Heritage High School Honor Roll.
"Andrea is a solid wide midfielder who will provide us with greatspeed and athleticism on the outside," said Moore. "She positionsherself well defensively and is dangerous on the attack with theability to cut inside and go to the goal or to cross a ball to themiddle. We are excited to have a player with her work ethic andattitude."